Matthew 21:10

ESV And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?”
NIV When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, 'Who is this?'
NASB When He had entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, 'Who is this?'
CSB When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in an uproar, saying, "Who is this? "
NLT The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. 'Who is this?' they asked.
KJV And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?

What does Matthew 21:10 mean?

Matthew's account shows that Jesus' entry into Jerusalem is more than an isolated incident that came and went in a few hours. Great crowds accompanied a man known as a prophet with miraculous powers of healing into the city as He rode on a donkey. They shouted words to Him that praised Him as the Messiah. An energy spread through Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1–9).

Those who did not know Jesus wanted to know who He was and what all the commotion was about. The people ached for a Messiah to come and be king over them. They desperately wanted God to show Himself through a savior who would overthrow the Romans and return Israel to her former days of glory. They did not realize that was not what the Messiah had come to do at this time (Zechariah 9:9). That Messiah was predicted to come first on a donkey should have been a clue—donkeys are not warlike animals. It will not be until Christ's second coming (Revelation 19:11–16) that He fulfills the role of Conqueror.

The following verse shows that understanding about Jesus was confused and inadequate. All of this was exactly what Jesus expected and needed to happen to fulfill His mission (Matthew 17:22–23).
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